GOOD COLLECTION OF SCHOLARLY ARTICLES ON DEFORESTATION IN THE AMAZON, July 23, 2006
The authors have put together a good collection of articles on deforestation and land use in the Amazon. Having come to the subject with only limited knowledge, after reading most of the articles a reader is able to speak knowledgeably on the subject.
Articles focus on very distinct topics such as: 1) Migration patterns and the way they have affected land use and deforestation 2) The choice of migrants to go to cities or urban areas 3) The pattern of deforestation along major roads 4) The demographic profiles of colonists and the effect they have on land use choice
An interesting characteristic is that land use choices were very different among settlers, even in similar areas. Oftertimes these were based on demographics (age and composition of families), wealth levels, and knowledge base. Also interesting were the description of efforts of participative land use planning and the potential benefits of bringing stakeholders in making good and lasting land use decisions.
The articles in this book were compiled from academic publications, so were not geared towards the general public. Of the 14 articles assembled, perhaps 3 or 4 are difficult to read. All are academic, bringing in many references to previous work. If one is willing to tear through academic articles on the subject, there is much very interesting knowledge to be gained.